PMID: 5101Apr 1, 1976

The effect of aflatoxins on the incorporation of RNA and protein precursors by isolated hepatocytes

British Journal of Cancer
P R McIntoshB R Rabin


Hepatocytes prepared by a simplified enzymatic technique were active in the incorporation of RNA and protein precursors into acid-insoluble material. The incorporation of RNA precursors was very markedly inhibited by low levels of aflatoxin B1 and G1 but not by aflatoxins B2 and G2. The activity of mixed function oxidases (MFO), the drug-metabolizing system of the endoplasmic reticulum, could be suppressed in these cells by SKF525A or stimulated by NADPH. SKF525A caused a reduction in the inhibition by aflatoxin B1 of the incorporation of RNA precursor into macromolecules. This finding suggests that a metabolite of aflatoxin B1 is the actual inhibitor of RNA synthesis in the cells. Measurement of lactate dehydrogenase activity showed these cells to be leaky on incubation at 37 degrees C and thus not suitable for studies of protein secretion.


Mar 1, 1979·Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health·P O Seglen
Oct 1, 1990·Cell Biology and Toxicology·M N BlaudeM B Roberfroid

Related Concepts

Cell Survival
Lactate Dehydrogenase
Zinc Orotate
Proadifen Hydrochloride
Protein Precursors

Trending Feeds


Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease characterized by unexplained disabling fatigue; the pathology of which is incompletely understood. Discover the latest research on chronic fatigue syndrome here.

Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a rare rheumatic disease that affects children. Symptoms include joint pain, but also fevers and skin rashes. Here is the latest on this disease.

Chromatin Regulation and Circadian Clocks

The circadian clock plays an important role in regulating transcriptional dynamics through changes in chromatin folding and remodelling. Discover the latest research on Chromatin Regulation and Circadian Clocks here.

Central Pontine Myelinolysis

Central Pontine Myelinolysis is a neurologic disorder caused most frequently by rapid correction of hyponatremia and is characterized by demyelination that affects the central portion of the base of the pons. Here is the latest research on this disease.

Myocardial Stunning

Myocardial stunning is a mechanical dysfunction that persists after reperfusion of previously ischemic tissue in the absence of irreversible damage including myocardial necrosis. Here is the latest research.

Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia

Pontocerebellar hypoplasias are a group of neurodegenerative autosomal recessive disorders with prenatal onset, atrophy or hypoplasia of the cerebellum, hypoplasia of the ventral pons, microcephaly, variable neocortical atrophy and severe mental and motor impairments. Here is the latest research on pontocerebellar hypoplasia.

Cell Atlas Along the Gut-Brain Axis

Profiling cells along the gut-brain axis at the single cell level will provide unique information for each cell type, a three-dimensional map of how cell types work together to form tissues, and insights into how changes in the map underlie health and disease of the GI system and its crosstalk with the brain. Disocver the latest research on single cell analysis of the gut-brain axis here.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease that occurs in individuals that suffer repetitive brain trauma. Discover the latest research on traumatic encephalopathy here.